Partial specs for 5G hardware receive approval from 3GPP members


The members of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) have decided on new hardware standards for the upcoming 5G service that should debut in 2018 at the earliest. With the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specifications approved, suppliers will know exactly what they will have to build in order to meet the specs required by manufacturers. These specs will be published later this week. Matt Branda, the director of technical marketing at Qualcomm, said "This is really the step that enables vendors to start building equipment." The specs include support for low-frequency (600MHz, 700MHz), mid-range (3.5GHz) and high-frequency (50GHz) spectrum.

Getting some of these standards approved before the end of this year was the goal of many in the industry, including AT&T. Fast tracking the standards means that 3GPP members won't have to rush to get approval on new specs during the middle of next year. With the new standards in place, chip makers can start designing the new silicon based components that will work with 5G networks.


The 3GPP members will still have to approve the Standalone (SA) 5G specs, which probably won't happen until next June. But right now, we have taken the first "Mother may I?" step toward 5G service.

source: @3GPPLive via FierceWireless

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1. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

now we see the pain and suffering from network vision (http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-announces-netwo​rk-vision-network-evolution-plan.htm) come to light for 5g. HPUE and network densificaiton should really bring this network out of the shadows IF IT SPENDS MORE ON TOWERS AND COVERAGE LIKE IT SAYS IT WILL. not to say i have had a problem with it since i live in shentel area :)

2. Jrod99

Posts: 713; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Can’t wait for some 5G to go with our net neutrality.

3. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

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4. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

because most people dont understand what it actually did

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